Survival Benefits For Life Insurance

Survival benefits also known as the maturity benefits are paid on the completion of the tenure of a life insurance policy. The amount payable depends on the predetermined terms and conditions of the insurance policy.
Survival benefits for:
Term Insurance- In this type of policy there is no maturity benefit and the policy elapses at the end of its tenure.
Money-back Term Insurance Plan- According to this plan, the total amount of premiums paid is returned at the end of the term of the policy. The premiums in this type of insurance will be higher than those of a basic term insurance plan.
Whole Life Policy- Generally, there is no survival benefit in whole life policy as the policy is for the entire life of the policy holder and only the nominees are paid the death benefit on the passing away of the insured. But some insurance plans may offer survival benefits upon reaching the age of 80 years and pay back the sum assured and bonus to the insured individual.
Endowment Policies- These plans act both as an investment and mortality risk cover so survival benefit is the most important component. In Endowment insurance policies the sum assured is paid back along with the bonus/ return on investments. The premiums paid are invested in safe bonds and profits earned are paid as bonus to the policy holder at the end of the tenure of the insurance policy.
ULIP (Unit Linked Insurance Plan) � Generally in ULIP plans, the survival benefits comprise of the fund value at the time of maturity of the plan. Some ULIPs are structured differently for e.g. the maturity benefit may be paid according to the highest NAV achieved during the tenure of the plan.
Money-back Plans – These plans pay back the sum assured and guaranteed returns as survival benefit. In fact a policy holder can make periodic cash withdrawals during the tenure of the policy. On maturity of the plan the policy holder gets back any residual balance of the sum assured and accrued bonus. The main difference between survival benefit pay outs of Endowment plans and Money-back plans is that in an Endowment policy the survival benefit is paid at the end of the tenure of the policy whereas in case of Money-back plans the maturity benefit is paid at regular intervals during the policy tenure.
Children’s Policies- At the end of the specified period of the insurance policy the nominee i.e. the child will receive the sum assured along with any accumulated bonus/ guaranteed returns. The maturity benefit is not affected by the death of the proposer who may be the parent or guardian of the nominee. In case of Money-back plans, benefit will be paid out periodically to the nominee and the balance will be paid out at the maturity of the plan.
Joint Life Insurance Policy- This policy is similar to Endowment policies and offers survival benefits to one or even both the policy holders if they outlive the stipulated period of the plan. At the maturity of the plan, the sum assured and accrued bonus, if any, is paid out to the insured.
The survival benefits vary for different plans and are designed to give a variety of choices to the prospective policy holder to suit his unique requirements.

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